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Fourth Quarter of ’11 S&P/TSX Earnings Snapshot as of March 23

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March 23 (Bloomberg) -- The following tables summarize the latest quarterly earnings for companies in the S&P/Toronto Stock Exchange Composite Index.

Profit figures are based on income from continuing operations excluding some gains and losses. The share-weighted percentage changes are year-over-year comparisons. Earnings surprises are based on estimates provided by Bloomberg.

S&P/TSX Universe:
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                               Number of  Share-Weighted
                               Companies  % Change

Total reported Q4/11:           225@          2.2%
Higher EPS                      137          42.7%
Lower EPS                        81         -72.7%
Unchanged                         7           0.0%
Total reported Ex-Financial:    184          13.8%
S&P/TSX Universe:
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S&P/TSX Index EPS with 225/253 companies reported:      $201.7

Earnings Surprises:
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                                    Q4/11

Positive Surprises:             93/214 =  43.5%
0% Surprises:                   25/214 =  11.7%
Negative Surprises:             96/214 =  44.9%

Sector Summary:
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                                          Share-
                                Reported Weighted Earnings Surprises Sector
                                 /Total  %Change   (+)   same   (-)   EPS

Consumer Discretionary:          15 /17    28.5%    6      1     8   $10.56
Consumer Staples:                12 /12     3.9%    4      3     5    $5.81
Sector Summary:
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                                           Share-
                                Reported Weighted Earnings Surprises Sector
                                 /Total   %Change (+)   same   (-)   EPS

Energy:                          64 /65    18.2%    24     2     38  $45.36
Financials:                      41 /42    -15.9%   22     7     12  $63.97
Health Care:                      4 /4     64.5%    1      2     1    $2.87
Industrials:                     16 /18     9.2%    12     1     3   $12.02
Information Tech:                 6 /6     -18.2%   4      1     1    $7.46
Materials:                       52 /74    16.3%    16     7     29  $42.71
Telecom Svcs:                     5 /5       NM     2      0     3    $9.40
Utilities:                       10 /10    -75.0%   4      1     5    $1.51

Total Reported:                 225 /253    2.2%    90    25     94  $201.70

Total Reported
   Ex-Financial:                184 /211   13.8%    68    18     82


Industry Summary:
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                                           Share-
                                Reported  Weighted Earnings Surprises
                                 /Total   %Change  (+)   same   (-)
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY:
  Automobiles & Components        2 /2     42.0%    2      0     0
  Consumer Durables & Apparel     2 /2       NM     1      0     1
  Consumer Services               1 /1     15.0%    1      0     0
  Media                           8 /8     38.6%    1      1     6
  Retailing                       2 /4     27.0%    1      0     1

CONSUMER STAPLES:
  Food & Staples Retailing        8 /8      8.7%    3      2     3
  Food Beverage & Tobacco         4 /4     -9.7%    1      1     2

FINANCIALS:
  Banks                          10 /10    11.0%    7      1     2
  Diversified Financials          6 /7     -2.2%    1      2     2
  Insurance                       8 /8     -87.1%   4      1     3
  Real Estate                    17 /17    -24.7%   10     3     4
Industry Summary:
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                                           Share-
                                Reported  Weighted Earnings Surprises
                                 /Total   %Change  (+)   same   (-)
HEALTH CARE:
  Health Care Equipment & Srvs.   2 /2     20.2%    0      2     0
  Pharma., Biotech. & Life Sci.   2 /2     74.9%    1      0     1

INDUSTRIALS:
  Capital Goods                   8 /9     19.2%    6      1     1
  Commercial & Professional Ser   3 /3     18.4%    1      0     2
  Transportation                  5 /6      3.4%    5      0     0

INFORMATION TECH:
  Software & Services             3 /3      4.8%    2      1     0
  Technology Hardware & Equip.    3 /3     -23.1%   2      0     1

ENERGY:
  Energy Equipment & Services*   11 /11    144.5%   7      0     4
  Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels*    52 /54    13.1%    16     2     27
Industry Summary:
==========================================================================
                                           Share-
                                Reported  Weighted Earnings Surprises
                                 /Total   %Change  (+)   same   (-)
MATERIALS:
  Chemicals*                      4 /5     43.5%    2      1     1
  Containers & Packaging*         1 /1     37.9%    1      0     0
  Metals & Mining*               44 /66    13.0%    9      6     24
  Paper & Forest Products*        2 /2       NM     0      0     2

TELECOM SVCS:                     5 /5       NM     2      0     3

UTILITIES:                       10 /10    -75.0%   4      1     4

TOTAL REPORTED
   UNIVERSE:                    225 /253    2.2%    90    25     94
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* -- Represents industries under each industry group.

@-- The number of companies reported is based on earnings announced for the period of November to February, and includes companies in the index as of December 30 (the last day of the quarter). The number will be different than what is found on the EA <GO> earnings function, which uses the earnings announcement date for its data selection.

NM -- The calculations of percentage changes between profit and loss and vice versa are not meaningful, hence not calculated.

To contact the reporter on this story: Wendy Soong in New York at csoong@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alex Tanzi at at atanzi@bloomberg.net

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